Can I connect a broadband router to a standard ethernet switch?
Posted on 2002-05-21
Problem: I have a DSL connection through a cisco 678, that was connected to a linksys befsr80 cable/dsl router for my LAN. I had the linksys router setup with the IP of my domain name, and had the http and FTP ports forwarded to an internal computer hosting the web site, using an internal IP - 192.168.1.100. The subnet mask for the ip associated with my domain name is 255.255.255.248. The subnet mask for the internal network was- 255.255.255.0. So I changed the subnet mask on the internal network to ...248. As soon as I changed the mask on the linksys- I lost the setup screen through http: and havent been able to get it back regardless of the ip, or masks that I use on the network.
I was just considering buying a 24 port standard ethernet switch, and I cant think of a reason why I cant take the data from the cisco broadband router, and rather than connect it to a computer, as I'm doing right now; connect it to a switch? If it can be done- what kind of switch, or what features does the switch need to have? Or does it have to go to a router, and if so... will a standard router do? What features would it need?
I need at least 8 ports- and I'm not real interested in Linksys. there tech support is at best- non-existent, as I've found out, as is information about how to get into that router other than through the http: setup screen.
Any help- much appreciated.